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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Lausavísur — Mgóð LvII

Magnús inn góði Óláfsson

Kari Ellen Gade 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Magnús inn góði Óláfsson, Lausavísur’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 5-7.


Enn, þótt héti        Hvinngestr faðir minn,
gerði eigi sá        garð of hestreðr,
sem Sigurðr sýr;        sá vas þinn faðir!
‘Yet, even though my father was called Hvinngestr (‘Thief-guest’), he never put a fence around horse-phalli like Sigurðr sýr (‘Sow’); he was your father!
Margr kveðr sér at sorgum
sverðrjóðr alin* verða
— uggik allítt seggja
ótta — búkarls dóttur.
Enn, ef einhver bannar
eld-Gefn fyr mér svefna,
víst veldr siklings systir
svinn andvǫku minni.
‘Many a sword-reddener [WARRIOR] claims that a farmer’s daughter was born to cause him sorrow; I care very little for men’s fear. Yet, if a certain fire-Gefn <= Freyja> [WOMAN] denies me sleep, it is certainly the sagacious sister of the ruler who causes my unrest.

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